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How Oxford don’s transgender daughter was betrayed by escort lover: Vile ‘Don’t F*** with Cats’ killer who went on to murder stranger exchanged twisted messages with gun-obsessed ex… who then revealed everything to police after blazing row


A sadistic cat killer is facing life behind bars for murdering a stranger as part of a warped sexual fantasy.

Scarlet Blake, 26, targeted Jorge Martin Carreno, 30, as he walked home alone from a night out in Oxford in July 2021.

She led him to a secluded riverbank before hitting him on the head with a vodka bottle, strangling him and pushing him into the water to drown. Blake, who is transgender, had a fixation with murder and killed for her ‘sexual gratification’, according to prosecutors.

The murder came four months after she filmed herself mutilating and dissecting a neighbour’s cat before putting its body in a blender as a Valentine gift to her girlfriend in the US. Blake had been inspired by the Netflix show Don’t F*** with Cats, about a pet killer, and she grinned and ‘meowed’ as she tortured the animal during a sickening live-stream video.

She remained free for more than two years after Mr Carreno’s death and the case was blown open only when her now-former partner, a gun-obsessed trans escort, told police that she had confessed to the murder following a blazing row. A jury of five women and seven men yesterday reached a verdict of guilty to murder after deliberating for six hours following a trial lasting eight days. Blake will be sentenced on Monday.

Scarlet Blake pictured in Intrusion nightclub in Oxford. Blake, who is transgender , had a fixation with murder and killed for her ¿sexual gratification¿, according to prosecutors

Scarlet Blake pictured in Intrusion nightclub in Oxford. Blake, who is transgender , had a fixation with murder and killed for her ‘sexual gratification’, according to prosecutors

Blake's ex-partner Ashlynn Bell (pictured), a gun-obsessed trans escort. The crime went unsolved for two years until Ms Bell told police that Blake had confessed to the murder following a blazing row

Blake’s ex-partner Ashlynn Bell (pictured), a gun-obsessed trans escort. The crime went unsolved for two years until Ms Bell told police that Blake had confessed to the murder following a blazing row

Blake's victim Jorge Martin Carreno (pictured). Blake led the Spanish national to a secluded riverbank before hitting him on the head with a vodka bottle, strangling him and pushing him into the water to drown

Blake’s victim Jorge Martin Carreno (pictured). Blake led the Spanish national to a secluded riverbank before hitting him on the head with a vodka bottle, strangling him and pushing him into the water to drown

Blake targeted Jorge Martin Carreno, 30, as he walked home alone from a night out in Oxford in July 2021. The murder came four months after she filmed herself mutilating and dissecting a neighbour¿s cat before putting its body in a blender as a Valentine gift to her girlfriend

Blake targeted Jorge Martin Carreno, 30, as he walked home alone from a night out in Oxford in July 2021. The murder came four months after she filmed herself mutilating and dissecting a neighbour’s cat before putting its body in a blender as a Valentine gift to her girlfriend

Following the trial at Oxford Crown Court, the devastated family of Mr Carreno paid tribute to a ‘beloved son and brother’ and said his death had left an ‘open wound in the heart of their family’.

Detectives said Blake had been convicted of a ‘barbaric and chilling’ crime, adding: ‘There can be no beginning to understanding this senseless act.’ Two years after his body was pulled from a secluded stretch of river popular with summer bathers, the investigation into Mr Carreno’s death was going nowhere until police received a phone call completely out of the blue that would lead them to Blake.

Even though the Thames Valley Police probe was officially still open, a coroner had concluded Mr Carreno had probably drowned while drunk.

Police appeals for the identity of a sinister figure in a military-style coat who was seen wandering the streets of Oxford with the Spanish engineer on the night of his death had yielded nothing. It was only when detectives received that transatlantic call from a woman who claimed to know what had happened that the case could be solved.

Blake was so confident she had carried out the ‘perfect murder’ that she had boasted about it to her girlfriend.

But a blazing row between her and sex worker Ashlynn Bell – during which guns were pulled – led to police being tipped off about her confession.

The Mail can reveal that the case rested on information provided by Ms Bell, who didn’t give evidence because prosecutors feared she would ruin their chance of a conviction.

Messages between the pair recovered by detectives showed a dark fascination with violence and death, with scarcely an exchange passing without reference to murder or self harm.

Blake's ex-partner Ms Bell (pictured) has a fearsome collection of military-grade weapons and equipment as well as a liking for Nazi memorabilia

Blake’s ex-partner Ms Bell (pictured) has a fearsome collection of military-grade weapons and equipment as well as a liking for Nazi memorabilia

Ms Bell said the combat jacket Blake wore to kill Mr Carreno had a ¿serial killer musk¿ after she had posted it to the US at her lover¿s request

Ms Bell said the combat jacket Blake wore to kill Mr Carreno had a ‘serial killer musk’ after she had posted it to the US at her lover’s request

Blake and Ms Bell met during the pandemic on Discord, a secretive online messaging platform. They joined an invite-only group dedicated to ¿artistically rendered gore¿ in which users would trade in sickening self-harm images

Blake and Ms Bell met during the pandemic on Discord, a secretive online messaging platform. They joined an invite-only group dedicated to ‘artistically rendered gore’ in which users would trade in sickening self-harm images

A sick picture captures transgender killer Blake relishing the moment she puts a cat in a blender. Blake put the cat in a blender as a Valentine gift to her girlfriend in the US

A sick picture captures transgender killer Blake relishing the moment she puts a cat in a blender. Blake put the cat in a blender as a Valentine gift to her girlfriend in the US 

Photographs show that Ms Bell has a fearsome collection of military-grade weapons and equipment as well as a liking for Nazi memorabilia.

She also advertises herself on a website for trans prostitutes in Texas, where she charges $100 an hour for her services. Photographs on the site show her posing with an AK-47 assault rifle and wearing cat ears.

The pair met during the pandemic on Discord, a secretive online messaging platform. They joined an invite-only group dedicated to ‘artistically rendered gore’ in which users would trade in sickening self-harm images.

The messages between Blake and Ms Bell recovered by detectives showed them openly discussing killing, including one in which Blake said: ‘F*** I need blood, this is bad.’

In another, Ms Bell said the combat jacket Blake wore to kill Mr Carreno had a ‘serial killer musk’ after she had posted it to the US at her lover’s request. Ms Bell has not responded to requests for comment. Photographs recovered from Blake’s phone included a collage of female serial killers, while another entitled ‘first date with me’ showed pictures of duct tape, a knife, rope and a gun.

A bizarre obsession with cats was also evident from messages and photographs, with Ms Bell pictured wearing a cat mask as she posed with an assault rifle.

When she was arrested, Blake stunned police by revealing she had an animal microchip implanted in her chest and said her details could be found in an online animal database. She insisted during questioning that she loves cats and hates animal abusers.

It was during one of the pair’s many exchanges that Blake couldn’t resist sharing details of how she killed Mr Carreno after targeting him as he sat alone in the early hours of the morning.

Blake with two security guards at Oxford Crown Court.  Blake, who referred to herself as ¿us¿ and ¿we¿ during the trial, has used at least six different names, including Scarlet and Candy, who she said is ¿still here¿. She is also known to have used pseudonyms to mask her identity when lurking in dark corners of the internet

Blake with two security guards at Oxford Crown Court.  Blake, who referred to herself as ‘us’ and ‘we’ during the trial, has used at least six different names, including Scarlet and Candy, who she said is ‘still here’. She is also known to have used pseudonyms to mask her identity when lurking in dark corners of the internet

Blake (pictured). It during one of Blake and Ms Bell's many exchanges that Blake couldn¿t resist sharing details of how she killed Mr Carreno after targeting him as he sat alone in the early hours of the morning

Blake (pictured). It during one of Blake and Ms Bell’s many exchanges that Blake couldn’t resist sharing details of how she killed Mr Carreno after targeting him as he sat alone in the early hours of the morning

Prosecutors say Blake had a fetish for strangulation and was obsessed with violence and death. Jurors were previously shown a collage of nine female killers that was saved on Blake's phone

Prosecutors say Blake had a fetish for strangulation and was obsessed with violence and death. Jurors were previously shown a collage of nine female killers that was saved on Blake’s phone

An image entitled 'First date with me' which showed pictures of duct tape, a knife, rope and a handgun had also been downloaded to the 25-year-old's phone, the court has previously been told

An image entitled ‘First date with me’ which showed pictures of duct tape, a knife, rope and a handgun had also been downloaded to the 25-year-old’s phone, the court has previously been told

Sick picture captures moment trans killer puts cat in a blender before carrying out twisted murder which bares harrowing similarities to Luka Magnotta’s real-life crime 

A sick picture captures transgender killer Scarlet Blake relishing the moment she puts a cat in a blender before carrying out a twisted murder in a chilling echo of a Netflix true crime documentary. 

Blake, 26, live-streamed the killing and dissection of a cat four months before she targeted Jorge Martin Carreno, 30, as he walked home from a night out in Oxford in July 2021.

She had admitted dissecting the animal, removing the fur and skin and placing it in a blender but blames her former partner Ashlynn Bell.

The court previously heard Blake had an ‘extreme interest in death and in harm’ and killed the family pet after watching a Netflix documentary called Don’t F*** With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer.

In the programme a man, Luka Magnotta, kills kittens before filming a murder. 

Prosecutors had alleged the cat killing was relevant to the murder trial as it shows Blake has a ‘disturbing interest in what it would be like to harm a living creature’.

Blake deliberately set out to kill after previously revelling in the slaughter and dissection of a neighbour’s cat.

While her death obsessed partner Bell watched from her home in the US, Blake live streamed cutting up the cat while it was still alive.

A vet determined it would have been in extreme pain until its heart was ripped out. 

Police would later find the heart in a trinket box that Blake kept as a souvenir. 

It was only after Blake’s arrest in August 2023 they discovered the cat killing video and her fetish for strangulation and they launched Operation Ingmar. 

The 30-year-old had been on a night out with colleagues on July 24, 2021 – the first Saturday night after Covid restrictions were eased.

While the rest of the country had, like Mr Carreno, flocked to pubs and bars to meet friends after months kept apart, predatory Blake went out that night looking for somebody to kill.

The daughter of two respected doctors, Blake’s arrogance was clear as she gave evidence at her trial. After killing the cat, she thought could get away with anything, including murder. And, for more than two years, she did.

But in April 2023 police received information from Ms Bell and were sent the combat jacket and sick photographs of a memorial to Mr Carreno that Blake had taken as a memento of her crime.

Detectives travelled to Colorado to interview her and Blake was arrested in August 2023.

Throughout the trial Blake sought to blame anyone but herself – her parents for her mental health problems, her ex-girlfriend for ‘forcing her’ to kill a defenceless cat and, ultimately, an innocent man. Blake moved to the UK from China when she was nine and came out as transgender three years later, using a number of different names since then.

She went by Alice Wang while at school, but told the trial that she doesn’t now as this person ‘sort of stopped existing’ one day.

Blake, who referred to herself as ‘us’ and ‘we’ during the trial, has used at least six different names, including Scarlet and Candy, who she said is ‘still here’. She is also known to have used pseudonyms to mask her identity when lurking in dark corners of the internet.

One of these – ‘Blood Moth’ – she explained is a metaphor for her obsession with blood and her attraction to damage like a moth is drawn to a flame. Ms Bell’s nickname was ‘Murder Mutt’. Blake was brought up in the leafy Marston area of Oxford, where she lived in a £415,000 bungalow in a quiet cul-de-sac. Her mother, Fang Chen, 60, is a former cardiac surgeon who is now a respected clinical research fellow at Oxford University. She attended the trial each day and showed no emotion as her daughter was found guilty.

Ms Chen came to the UK in 2002, first to London to study cardiology on a scholarship before taking a job in Oxford in 2006, around the time that Blake said she moved to the UK from China.

Her father, Henry, lives in China because of work but was present in court at the beginning of the trial.

Neighbours in Marston remember her as a ‘quiet child’ doted on by her parents. But that changed in her teens when she dropped out of Cherwell School in Oxford.

One neighbour said: ‘I did hear that she was bullied at school because she was a trans girl, and that led to her leaving halfway through the sixth form.

‘We used to see her with friends tinkering with cars in the garage. She was always very pleasant, but there were times when police would be called to the house. Her mum came here once to say she had been self-harming.’

Blake was in the army cadets while at school, and she wore a combat jacket as she stalked the streets looking for a victim on the night she killed Mr Carreno.

She came out as transgender when she was 12 and this caused a ‘strained’ relationship with her parents and ‘caused a very large emotional rift’.

Blake was given puberty blockers when she was 17 and also received hormone treatment from the age of 18 after a referral to the Tavistock NHS gender clinic. She is still receiving hormone replacement therapy but has been kept in a Category A men’s prison.

Netflix true crime documentary Don't F*** with Cats tells the story of how Luka Magnotta, who killed kittens before murdering a student, was brought to justice. Before murdering Mr Carreno, Blake  inspired by the Netflix show to put a cat in a blender

Netflix true crime documentary Don’t F*** with Cats tells the story of how Luka Magnotta, who killed kittens before murdering a student, was brought to justice. Before murdering Mr Carreno, Blake  inspired by the Netflix show to put a cat in a blender  

Prosecutors say Blake  was searching the streets of Oxford looking for someone to kill, and found Mr Carreno who was unable to find his way home

Prosecutors say Blake  was searching the streets of Oxford looking for someone to kill, and found Mr Carreno who was unable to find his way home

The footage shows Mr Carreno, a Spanish national, trying to find his way home, and not realising he has dropped his wallet

The footage shows Mr Carreno, a Spanish national, trying to find his way home, and not realising he has dropped his wallet

Blake talked openly of her severe mental health problems. She was diagnosed with depression when she was a child and has taken medication to treat this ever since.

She claimed she suffers from ‘dissociative amnesia’ and can scarcely remember anything from before the age of 12, although she admitted this has not been officially diagnosed.

Blake also claimed that she has a ‘fragmented’ personality like a ‘pie chart’ and uses different personas in different scenarios depending on her mood, including a cat that she uses to express joy. Despite her claims, Blake’s lawyers did not call a psychiatrist or therapist to support her story.

A chronic insomniac who would often walk around Oxford late at night, Blake admitted to the court that she had a habit of ‘drinking excessively’ and said she had used ‘recreational substances’.

Clearly intelligent, she would answer probing questions from the prosecution in a flat, almost robotic voice, and became animated only when explaining the uses of chemicals found in her bedroom or the specialist military equipment collected by Ms Bell.

Blake said she wanted to study medicine but didn’t get the grades due to dropping out of sixth form. However she said she still harboured ambitions to become a doctor. ‘I’ve always been fascinated with human anatomy but I never got a chance to be hands on with it because that would be unethical,’ she told the court.

She had a contract for a job as a medical technician at Oxford University but never started. Blake also said she was volunteering for the Samaritans before her arrest.

The officer in charge of the murder case, Detective Superintendent Jon Capps, said the killing of Mr Carreno had been ‘premeditated with total disregard and disdain for life’ and said there can be ‘no beginning to understanding this senseless act’.



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